ICDI national and international reputation and experience are important to its research, lobbying and advocacy work. It employs an integrated, systematic approach and strategies to engage the ordinary people and authorities to join together to show decision–makers that they care about development and social reforms in the world, and to demand change.
In England, Wales, Scotland, and some countries of West and Southern Africa, we are in the process of building networks and data-base of around 2,500 youths and several Adults who are serving and volunteering as ICDI researchers and campaigners who helps to collate information, engage in project delivery and implementation, and put pressure on those with the power to make a difference, either by presenting facts through research, visiting them, or holding special events to attract local and national media attention and raising public awareness of national and global issues, or take part in peaceful protests at meetings of national and world leaders to influence reform issues and policy thrusts.
As an all-inclusive strategy, ICDI is also campaigning side by side with other ‘partner’ organizations, both in UK and elsewhere, to ensure that it makes a truly global impact.
OUR ADVOCACY POLICY
In ICDI, skills improvement, long–term human and sustainable development and a strengthened citizenry is our watchword through dedication to qualitative research and collective response, campaigning and advocacy work, in all that we do.
We strive not only to meet, but also routinely exceed society’s expectations through continual improvement, international alliance and civil participatory to a worldwide community of informed, inspired, committed citizen and organizations engaged in confronting the challenges facing humanity.
OUR BELIEFS AND VALUES
At International Centre for Development Initiatives (ICDI) we are guided by an unwavering commitment to voluntary service excellence through self – management, informed advocacy, team work, efficiency, innovation and quality – consciousness.
We recognize and measure our success by achievement and impact in development leadership, the proficient recognition of our contributions, adequate feed backs from supported groups and communities, and being a responsible and supportive civil society organization.
We believe that the strength of our impacts is derived from the ability of our networks and volunteers to respond to communities needs with keen forensic sense and pragmatic approach that values multi – disciplinary inputs in every identified intervention effort.
It is ground knowledge that ICDI is a people–oriented social enterprise, and we do everything possible to make the community’s experience with us one with pleasant memories of impacting development.
Our priorities are: To lead engagement and capacity building of youths and vulnerable gang members, drive change and debate amongst youths, parents, governments and media, and make impacts through our priority campaigns and programmes; deepen and strengthen the role of civil society groups in the fight against youth crimes, and base all our work on International best practices; Influence national policies and secure responsibilities and resources for Peer Institutions and the Civil Societies; equip our team to deliver best service to all target groups within a new culture of shared enterprise, and continue to develop sustainable, responsive and high quality services.
Our focus is: • To promote positive leadership initiatives and practices • To improve the education environment in United Kingdom, Africa and its environs • To provide effective learning, advocacy and alternative platforms for policy administration in areas of youth development, volunteerism, good governance, human rights, skills and vocational development and public opinion. • To promote new public management strategies with emphasis on participatory planning (participatory budgeting) and governance, and carry the message to the grassroots. • To promote, advocate the mundane mode of development governance, education, and evaluation in public sphere.
OUR MODUS OPERANDI (OPERATIONAL METHODS)
ICDI is an extensive institution poised in achieving and sustaining her objectives through: • Working closely with community associations, government bodies, multi-lateral agencies, donor organizations and their representatives to identify common resources. • Working with local communities to build their own community and organization through which government, education and assessment could be carried out. • Research, Lectures, Seminars, Workshop, Symposia, Training courses, Internship programmes and Focus group discussions.
PROJECT INITIATIVES AND WORKING IN COLLABORATION
The project and programme initiatives for our organisational as well as activities can be internal or based on cooperation requests from clients.
ICDI’s conferences, seminars as well as focus-group discussions and training programmes are aspects of our research programme. Our field programmes and our publishing list are developed within ICDI with a view to furthering our organisational objectives and goals. ICDI offers extensive free and guidance resources via this website to policy-makers, public administrators as well as civil society practitioners worldwide.
In-house training, consultancy and research services are provided in response to requests from partner organisations.See our various project and annual reports for more details about the kind of work we have done, and with whom
British Council Debate to Action (DTA) Capacity – building project in youth Organization www.britishcouncil.org
World Bank Group www.worldbank.org
World Bank Institute www.worldbank.org/wbi
Women’s World Summit Foundation World’s Day for prevention of Child Abuse http://www.woman.ch
Human Development & Capacity Association (HDCA) www.hd-ca.org
Central European University, Hungary www.ceu.hu
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Integrity Education and Anti – Corruption in Nigeria www.efccnigeria.org
European University Centre for peace Studies, Austria www.epu.ac.at
European Regional Masters Degree in Democracy And Human Rights in South-East Europe www.cps.edu.ba
Good Governance Programme Centre for Human Rights Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria Republic of South Africa www.chr.up.ac.za/ggp
Oxfam West Africa … making an impact on poverty & suffering Regional Information Officer West Africa Regional Centre P.O Box 3476, Dakar Senegal www.oxfam.org.sn or www.oxfam.org.uk
Nigeria Social Forum (NSF) www.nsf.org
Civicus International (World Alliance for Citizens Participation) www.civicus.org
Pambazuka International (online Resource) www.pambazuka.org
University for Peace (UPEACE) Africa Programme. www.upeace.org or www.upeace.ch
Global Campaign for Education (GCE) www.campaignforeducation.org
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation www.fes.de www fes.-geneva.org www.fesny.org www.fes.de/globalization
Bank Information Centre (United States) www.biscusa.org
Trakoo Online Directory & Search Engine www.trakoo.com
Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPC) Nigeria www.bpeng.com
Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) www.adenet.org
World Association of Newspapers (WAN) www.wan-press.org